In the opinion of Israeli officials, what does the election of Donald J. Trump mean for the Jewish State? The bottom line is that he is a mystery, and Israelis don't like mysteries or surprises.
The Kuznetzov Group of Russian warships has arrived. Positioned between Crete and the Turkey-Syrian coast, it begins a "major aeronatics exercise" tomorrow. The transparent goals are to rattle like a snake in the face of NATO and, while the US transitions to a new President, maximize military operations in Syria. As Russia's Prime Minister comes to Jerusalem tomorrow, one message to the Jewish State has to be, "buckle up."
Al-Baghdadi's summons was probably a coded signal to dormant ISIS cells in the West, activating them for an international outburst of suicide terror attacks - including one on 8 November in the USA?
Israeli analysts are carefully studying the US presidential race for is possible impact on the Middle East. There are very different expectations for that impact between a President Clinton and President Trump.
Iran's agenda is to expand its borders, and it is openly saying so. Yesterday a high ranking general bragged that Iran is extending its boundaries "from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean." It is a boundary reminiscent of the First Syrian Empire founded by Cyrus the Great in 550 BCE.